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11 Wedding Traditions That We Still Use Up To This Day

Nov 15, 2018

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.” Does this phrase mean anything to you? Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue refers to traditions.  

Even though unique weddings are already starting to go on trend, couples still find wedding traditions, dear.

Even Princess Diana kept wedding traditions by heart when she married Prince Charles. She wore a new wedding dress made with fabric spun at a British silk farm, adorned with some antique lace, sewn with a small blue bow into the waistband, and even donned on a tiara, an 18th-century heirloom of the Spencer family.

Whether you’re up for a classic or modern wedding, we know you’d still want to retain some old traditions. In line with this, here are 11 wedding traditions that have stood the test of time and deserves a spot even in contemporary weddings.

1. The White Wedding Dress

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These days, we usually see brides in white, but did you know that the official wedding dress used to be in the color red?

However, when Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in 1840, she decided to break the age-long wedding tradition of red dresses. Instead, she wore a white gown. The white wedding gown has become a trend after that. Before you know it, brides started wearing white wedding dresses instead of red.

Since then, the white wedding dress has taken the place of being the official color for wedding gowns. The white dress has since then been known as a symbol for purity, which means it’s the brides the first time to tie the knot.

2. The Wedding Veil

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It is said that a bride’s wedding is the happiest day of her life. In line with this, Roman brides used to be afraid that evil spirits would be jealous of their happiness and would cast an evil spell upon them.

With that, it became a wedding custom for brides to wear a veil on their big day as to conceal themselves from the evil spirits. These days, the wedding veil acts as an aid for the bride’s dramatic entrance into the wedding venue.

3. The First Look

There’s a wedding belief wherein the bride and groom aren’t supposed to see each other before the ceremony.

This wedding tradition goes back to the old days when arranged marriages were common among rich families. It was said that if the couple saw each other before the ceremony, they would both change their mind and the wedding would be called off.

These days, we still use this wedding tradition but is instead used as an element of surprise for the bride and groom.

4. The Ringing Bells

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The tradition of ringing bells goes back to Irish brides. They used to place small bells in their wedding bouquets to ward off evil spirits, as well as marital bliss.

Even though this wedding tradition isn’t as widespread as the rest, some people in Ireland are still fond of giving bells as wedding gifts to newlyweds so that they’ll always remember their wedding vows.

5. The Wedding Rings

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Back in the days, the groom was the only who could put a ring on his bride’s finger. Wearing a bride’s ring used to mean that you are own and subject to your husband. That may be true as biblically speaking; married women are subject to their husbands.

It didn’t take long before women's rights were introduced. That’s when both the bride and groom were given the privilege of putting a ring on each other’s finger.

6. The Wedding Bouquet

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There was a time when there wasn’t a single bride who would bring flowers to their wedding day. They did, however, bring herbs and spices with them.

It was said that evil spirits hated the smell of herbs and spices and so it was believed that carrying some will keep the spirits away.

Since no one believes in evil spirits anymore, brides started bringing bouquets of flowers instead of herbs and spices. 

7. The Bridesmaids

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Now, bridesmaids are expected to assist the bride at the wedding, but they used to act as the bride’s protector.

Aside from evil spirits, it was also believed that a certain admirer might kidnap the bride to prevent the wedding from really happening. With that, it has become a custom for bridesmaids to wear matching dresses with the bride to confuse her exes.

Bridesmaids were also expected to form a somewhat protective shield by lining up around the bride as they walk her to the groom’s village.

8. The Best Man 

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There used to be families who are quite critical of who their daughter should marry. In line with this, the best man was usually the person in charge of making sure the bride won’t escape from the wedding.

The best man must be the most reliable and most able man who could use any weapon to secure the bride.

These days, these wedding beliefs have died down so the best man doesn’t have to secure the bride anymore, but they are still expected to keep watch of the wedding bands.

9. The Wedding Cake

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For good luck, grooms used to take a bite out of a piece of bread while crumbling the rest over his bride’s head.

Over the years, people have come to change this wedding tradition. Instead of bread, the bride would push pieces of the wedding cake into her ring and give it to the guests. The wedding guests would then put that piece of cake under their pillow for good luck.

Wedding traditions are different from country to country. Roman grooms used to smash a barley cake over his bride’s head to seal their marriage.

In England, couples kiss over a tall stack of cake. They say this brings good fortune for the newlyweds. Luckily, these days, we only have to enjoy a slice of wedding cake at the party.

10. The Bouquet and Garter Toss

We know that brides usually toss the bouquet at the end of the ceremony, but did you know that the bride used to toss the wedding garter as well?

The bride used to wear the garter on one of her legs and was only removed once she arrives in the nuptial bedchambers with her groom.

Once the garter has been removed, the groom goes outside where his family and friends are waiting to show them the sheets, stockings and the garter as proof of their love.

11. Father Walking the Bride Down the Aisle

There was a time when young women were used as a collateral to settle disputes or disagreements between families. 

With that, it has become a custom for the father to the bride down the aisle. It’s an act of offering the daughter to the groom, especially in the case of arranged marriages.

Over the years, it just became a sweet gesture for the father to be the one to walk his daughter down the aisle.

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